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Ipswich: Roads around John Lewis and Waitrose set to be widened as Futura Park continues to grow in popularity

09:03 24 April 2014

Traffic can build up on Nacton Road

Traffic can build up on Nacton Road

Two of the busiest roads in Ipswich are set to be widened and re-marked in a bid to ease congestion around the town’s fastest-growing retail area.

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Congestion has been growing along Nacton Road between the A14 and the Thrasher roundabout and along Ransomes Way since the Futura Park – which includes John Lewis and Waitrose – opened just before Christmas 2012.

As part of the planning permission for that, the developers had to give money for road improvements in the area.

Earlier this year the county council published proposals to ease the congestion which were put on show locally and invited comments from the public.

The consultation period finished at the beginning of March and officers are currently analysing the replies before drawing up detailed proposals.

The proposals for improvements to the road between the A14 at Nacton and Felixstowe Road across the Thrasher and Ransomes Way roundabouts got significant public support.

However there were objections to proposed changes at the Nacton Road junctions with Landseer Road and Lindbergh Road. They will now not be proceeded with.

With engineers now preparing the final plans, there are hopes that the work could start towards the end of the summer – which should mean the traffic should flow easier to the stores at Futura Park and the Sandlings retail park by the time the Christmas season arrives.

Suffolk County Council cabinet member for transport Graham Newman said it was important that work was carried out to ease traffic in the area.

“It has become something of a retail honeypot over the last few years,” he said.

“Given the large number of people heading for the shops and businesses in that part of the town, it is never going to be easy getting around there.

“But hopefully these changes will make it easier for people to get around what has become one of the more popular areas of the town.”

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18 comments

  • Thier is a much simplier answer to this, when you leave the a14 to go onto nacton road stop the cars who use the right hand lane to go straight ahead or to turn right to go to nacton stop them turning left the bottle necking will Stop so many people do this and it is so frustrating that they do this

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    thedj101

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Widening the roads ,, Ah yes why not put bus lanes in , problem solved ,

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    MIGUEL100

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • The more lanes you add and the wider the lanes just means that vehicles can move faster to one point, roundabout for example. So you just end up with more stationery or slow moving vehicles. What abot Morrisons moving into B&Q. That will increase the traffic straight away!

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    Scooter boy

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Ipswich EntrepreneurDrew Peacock et all - You're right, the decision to abandon the Town Centre and build here is madness and the need for new roads could have been avoided. But guess what - Ipswich BOROUGH Council fell over themselves to get John Lewis and gave the planning permission so that they could say they had a John Lewis (funny they are telling everyone at the same time that they need to revitalise the town centre) and then it is Suffolk COUNTY Council that needs to sort out the roads. And of course it's right on the edge of the town so a lot of the other problems will fall to Suffolk COASTAL DISTRICT Council. I wonder if the County Council approved of this planning permission or if they realised the size of the bill they would have to pick up. Smart move Ipswich, you get a nice store (probably really good business rates income as well) and everyone else gets the problems. So it wasn't Mr Bean, Frank Spencer or even Mr Newman - It was your friends and mine - Ipswich Borough Council!!!

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    Citizen

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • I can think of many of our roads which need widening !, lets face it most of them were laid down when the model 'T' Ford with its narrow wheelbase was around !, still I expect the EU countries are grateful for our £50 million a day for their infrastructures !!

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    freedomf

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • As soon as I see Graham Newman's name mentioned, I know it means just one thing. More traffic lights.

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    beerlover

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • That part of town is a blueprint of how not to design and plan suitable infrastructure. Who was in charge of the planning for this? Frank Spencer? Me Bean?

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    Tedbundy

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • iirc from the proposed options,they included widening the approach roads around the Felixstowe road roundabout as well. the problem is by doing that, rather than understanding why the traffic is building up there in the first place, and doing the same at Nacton road, though completely ignoring the middle roundabout which is about to get a whole lot busier with another out of town supermarket, you are simply creating a set of far bigger interchanges with multiple lanes of traffic entering, and going through the roundabout, its going to be a mess with vehicles not knowing which lane they need to use or are supposed to be go, it will be like a car park on the M25, and pity anyone daring to try and walk around there and cross the road at these points now I sometimes think road planners just like playing with fancy graphics on a computer because none of their ideas ever seem to be based in reality or solve the problems they think they are doing.

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    beerbaron

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • What is the council playing at? They abandoned the town centre, focused on being the waterfront town... and despite that... a large out-of-town development metres away from a major industrial estate! Then there is also Trinity Park in the vicinity when it has big events on, a sainsburys and soon another supermarket. Although outside the borough, the sugar beet factory site surely would have been a better location for John Lewis and Waitrose, almost having its own dedicated junction off the A14. But that is also near industrial estates. What's next to go after the town centre? The port? Perhaps could redevelop the port into RETAIL for the waterfront project?

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Its good how con artists can rewrite history.There were problems with that stretch of road BEFORE futura park and the development of restaurants around that way. Is there going to be traffic lights? **** As even if you can squeeze an extra lane in... wont ease the problem. The confusion of the road layout - "am I in the right lane" - will be one of them, short lane widths another so people will naturally leave gaps... Nacton Road you can reduce the size of the roundabout and the crossing island. You can cut into the verge near Ransomes on Ransomes Way, a bit near the pub and that smaller island etc. but its all going to have little difference and be a tick box exercise to leave it for another 40 years before rethinking it over again. **** What they haven't realised is even if they remodelled Nacton Way (south) and Ransomes Way... the Felixstowe Road roundabout is going to be a significant bottleneck...you wont be able to move the vehicles quick enough. Then there is the rest of Nacton Road. So it might be a slight improvement, however, at rush hour it wont be noticeable.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • And how long is it going to take, once they have dug up half the roads around there, for us to see an improvement. They will just end up causing even more chaos for people who have to go there everyday! Even once its finished it will be so poorly marked (like the Copdock round-a-bout roads) no one will have a clue how to use it.

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    L9ghtjw003

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • This is very welcome news - well done the council. I live in Warren Heath near the Sainsburys and it has become a nightmare. (I never heard about the consultation tho - wonder who they asked? They should have leafletted the area). It would be good to know what is intended.

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    Roger Pearse

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • The main reason people use this retail park is because their is no car park charges and no stupid traffic lights apart from the crossing ones to get there.

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    Keith W

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Today paid £1.80 for 3 hours to park in Bury's Ram's Meadow.

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    zaax

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Should have been done before the stores were built, more pathetic decision making by SCC. What will happen when Morrisons move into half of the B&Q store. I predict moths of cones without a worker in sight.

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    Drew Peacock

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Put money on it that the council will give planning permission for even more stores on the site then say we wonder why the town centre is not being supported ,you can't keep opening out of town then complain the town is dying .

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    pandy

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • poor old nacton road tenants , it was a nice road even with alstons cranes and ransomes.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Why was this not a requirement of the developers BEFORE John Lewis etc. was built? Who is paying for these works now? See

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    Derek Hayward

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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